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Old 18. Aug 2015, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to run a bootable Linux Mint on my windows machine

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I wish to learn to use Linux Mint. I do not wish to install it for the time being, what are my alternatives?
Bearing in mind that I'm not very competent when it comes to computers programs, communicating wont be easy. Is any one willing to help?
It is a big ask I know and understand if there wont be any taker.

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Old 18. Aug 2015, 08:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Put it on USB with LinuxLive USB Creator or Unetbootin or burn it on a DVD ...
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Old 18. Aug 2015, 08:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi

I wish to learn to use Linux Mint. I do not wish to install it for the time being, what are my alternatives?
Bearing in mind that I'm not very competent when it comes to computers programs, communicating wont be easy. Is any one willing to help?
It is a big ask I know and understand if there wont be any taker.

Regards,

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Linux Mint, in common with many other Linux distros, is available as a live ISO which you can burn to a DVD or copy to a pendrive using an appropriate Windows program.

http://mintguide.org/tools/317-make-...inux-mint.html

Once you have done this you can run a live session of Linux Mint from your DVD or pendrive. Most of the features will work in a live session although any changes you make won't be saved. It is possible to create a USB with persistence but this is more complicated and I don't think it will provide you with any additional benefits at this stage. Running a live session of Linux does not affect your existing Windows installation is any way. Depending on how your system is setup, you may need to press F11, F12 at startup, or whichever is your appropriate key, in order to boot from a live DVD or pendrive.

Linux Mint has a huge following and any operational questions you might have about it are pretty much guaranteed to already have an answer in their forum.
http://forums.linuxmint.com/
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Old 18. Aug 2015, 08:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Will get you started for the time being, and later, the Linux guys can chip in.

Here's the Linux Mint homepage:

http://www.linuxmint.com/

And here's the download page:

http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

There are different versions, based on the "desktop environment", sort of an interface/windows manager. There are different desktop environments in different Linux distributions (slang distros).

There are 32-bit and 64-bit editions available. So, download which one you like, just make sure that your PC supports 64-bit, in case you go for that one.

As the download page says, the popular one is Cinnamon, so go for that. Go for the one with the multimedia support, so that you do not have to install anything extra, and multimedia works out of the box.

The download is in the form of an ISO file, which is an image file, that you can just burn to a DVD, with the help of a burning software, like BurnAware free, or whichever you have. I hope you know how to burn an image file... if not, please ask.

Once you have burned the image on the DVD, simply boot the computer from the DVD, and you are good to go. You might have to change the setup in BIOS, so that the computer boots from the optical drive first. Most probably, it will be set that way. If not, you will have to do that.

Linux will boot from the DVD, and then you can run it and play around with it, explore things and all. It will run off the DVD, so it will not be installed on the hard drive.

Good luck .

If you have any queries, please do ask.
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Ref: to Posts #2, #3, #4.

Thank you very much. Yours prompt reply, insights, provided links, are very much appreciated.
I already experimented a little with LinuxLive USB Creator, YUMI, after downloading Linux Mint 17.2 with 7-Zip.
I miserably failed to get anything going.
Managed to open my system BIOS trying to enable USB boot but got really scared, it is out of my league.
Anyway, I'll be persistent and let you guys know how far I get (without venturing where I do not belong).
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to keep things a little safer, at least until you are more comfortable about this,
- try using a VirtualBox to install any Linux O/S that you wish to play with.

once you are familiar enough with a particular O/S then try burning it to disk,
or writing it to a usb type thumb stick.
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to keep things a little safer, at least until you are more comfortable about this,
- try using a VirtualBox to install any Linux O/S that you wish to play with.

once you are familiar enough with a particular O/S then try burning it to disk,
or writing it to a usb type thumb stick.
Tried that. I did not have enough of "something" on my computer for the virtualbox to run. Did not keep the details, usual scattered brain...
I'll try again and see what was the problem.
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It would be best to burn the image on a DVD, and then boot the computer from it .
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Tried that. I did not have enough of "something" on my computer for the virtualbox to run. Did not keep the details, usual scattered brain...
I'll try again and see what was the problem.
It's likely memory you do not have enough of.

Running in a virtual environment can also present other challenges such as difficulty setting up an internet connection. Depending on what type of network card you have, this can be problematic enough outside of a virtual environment so my recommendation is to download the ISO and burn it to a DVD and then check to see by using a live session if your sound and internet work correctly. If not, there is probably a solution and this will be easier to find than trying to troubleshoot issues via vBulletin.
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#8, #9:

OK then will give it a go with DVD boot.
Got the burner, got the DVD disk, unfortunately deleted previous Linux download, Linux Mint 17.2 download almost completed.
Should I burn the all folder or just the linuxisofile. I'm a bit lost here.
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